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Footpath 21

Footpath 21 runs from the end of the cottages numbered 1 to 4 at Tottleworth, and cuts through the fields to the canal bank, adjacent to canal bridge numbered 108 at Bridge Street and Spring Street. There are 3 stiles along the route, and an open fence.

FP21 near canal in dec 2005

On the 17th August 2003, an incident occurred on this footpath when 42 year old Geoffrey Haworth was attacked by a bull while crossing the field. Although a keen runner, and a fit man who had previously worked on a farm, Geoff was taken by surprise with the bull, and broke several of his bones round his shoulder and collar. These included his left shoulder, fracturing the shoulder blade and the glenoid, and ligament damage. A laceration to the lip was sutured with four internal stitches and five outside skin stitches. He had been out walking with his dog when he saw cattle approaching him from the front, when suddenly, he was hit from behind by an cow ,bull ??? knocked forwards to the ground, and the cattle coming towards him trampled over.

There are no warning signs on this footpath to warn of these dangers, although shortly after the above incidents signs were placed there for a short period of time.

The fields are maintained by Holt Farm towards the canal side, and Manor Farm at the Tottleworth side.

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